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    Posted: December 24 2018 at 11:20am
Sorry not those sort of butts but the boring old wooden ones.

The Mk1 had a butt with lightening holes, at what point, if there was in fact any particular point along the many starring processes did the butt change to version without lightening holes?

The Mk1 butt plate was steel without a trap, and similar to the above question, at what point did it lose this in favour of a trapped version and was this steel or brass?

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not sure im following the question , the early buttstocks were drilled for the cleaning kit and their brass traps accessed this , they were not neccessarily there for lightening purposes but might have served the purpose , WWII saw some MAZAK alloy butt plates but the had the access for the same purpost , the cleaning kit changed a little and the holes changed with it but not that much , 

some of the very early rifles lacked the access , but im not sure that was what you addressed in the question , 
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Lightening holes omitted when change was made to III*
Brass plate with trap on I* SMLE
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Well, in general Green is right... The brass butt plate was instituted on the Mk I* and later models, this is true. The lightening holes on butts can be found beyond the changeover to the Mk III* though. The omission of the lightening holes was a wartime expedient to increase production. I personally own a 1917 Enfield built Mk III* that has a long butt stock with the lightening holes. The old stocks would have been used up first so there can be quite a variance on rifles with the butts with lightening holes.
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